Since 2001, more defined contribution plans are adopting automatic enrollment and many are also implementing stronger savings rate defaults. Over 20% more people are saving in these plans. Meanwhile, the total savings rate has stayed the same.
Retirement plan participants and investors are faced with what can be an overwhelming number of choices. Simplifying the decision-making process can increase participation and contributions.
The single-fund solution works for most plan participants. But for those who are more informed and engaged, adding a satellite investment on top of a TDF isn’t necessarily a mistake.
This blog discusses creating a cadence for planwide events. Margaret Rux, head of Vanguard Strategic Retirement Consulting, says a schedule of reenrollments and sweeps can improve plan participation rates and help get participants into age-appropriate investments.
As the baby boomers retire, there is growing concern about the potential financial exploitation of seniors. Early in 2017, the SEC approved rules enabling firms to obtain emergency contact information when opening an account.
Bill Doughty, senior manager, Vanguard Strategic Retirement Consulting, gives examples of how Vanguard Plan Effectiveness Index™ has helped improve sponsors’ retirement plans—and how it can help you and your participants.
All the competing priorities in an employee’s life can leave retirement planning on the back burner. But Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb describes how more defined contribution plans are adding automatic features that allow inertia to work in their favor.